Health help in store for the elderly

Health checks are being carried out at Sainsbury's ANL-141231-135914001
Health checks are being carried out at Sainsbury's ANL-141231-135914001
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Healthcare experts will be at Sainsbury’s in Spalding on Thursday to provide winter wellbeing advice to the elderly and their carers.

The session is part of the National Health Service’s  ‘Feeling Under the Weather?’ campaign, aimed at helping raise awareness of alternative healthcare services to A&E. 

The aim is to prevent winter ills ruining the new year, especially for those over 60 and their carers.

Representatives from the South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group will be at the supermarket between 10am and 4pm, helping those most at risk of cold weather ailments identify their most appropriate care and support.

The team will also be inviting shoppers to take part in a scratch card quiz, aimed at testing their knowledge on maintaining good winter health.  

Spalding Guardian columnist Dr Miles Langdon, of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said:  “This is a campaign aimed at getting people accessing the right treatment, quickly.

“We are encouraging the over 60s and their carers to identify their ailments early as minor illness such as colds, flu and chills can quickly develop into something more serious.

“By using the scratch cards, people can discuss their local healthcare options and discover alternative places to receive advice and treatment.

“We often find that people can look after themselves better before their symptoms become major, once they know what to look out for.

“The campaign encourages people with winter related symptoms to act quickly; cold weather does not necessarily go hand in hand with illness.

“Options should include self care, asking your local pharmacist for advice, calling NHS 111 on your telephone or calling your own GP or surgery.

“Walk-in and Urgent Care Centres can also be accessed for the more serious conditions and may offer more appropriate treatment than your local hospital’s A&E can offer.”   

As part of the campaign South Lincolnshire CCG are also hosting additional ‘Feeling under the Weather?’ events across the region which include free mini health check-ups.

You can find details of upcoming events by visiting the CCG website